The Italian coach spoke to the press ahead of the Champions League first-leg match against Porto. Di Francesco believes his group must find the right defensive setup to overcome a tough obstacle, Porto.
Just a few more hours and the Champions League will return with a great match between Roma and Porto. A crowded stadio Olimpico will celebrate this event. The giallrossi seek revenge after their early elimination in 2016.
Although Di Francesco seemed to be confident for a great performance of his men, the Italian coach pointed out that a good defensive phase is vital to get access to the next round.
“Over the 180 minutes, our solidity will be vital moreover because we will play the first-leg at home. The defensive phase is important also to build a good attack. We cannot lose our identity, though. But it is important to keep a clean sheet tomorrow,” said Di Francesco in today’s press conference.
The Italian coach is thinking about the right tactical system to face Conceicao‘s side. If De Rossi will be fit he will definitely play with NZonzi in a well-structured 4-3-3. “In my opinion, they are both starters and important players. If Daniele will train well today, he will play tomorrow. But I’m still weighing things up to decide what to do,” continued the Roma coach.
Zaniolo should be confirmed together with Dzeko. Schick will be out for a couple of matches due to his recent muscular problem. El Shaarawy, instead, should operate on the left-offensive flank supporting both the defensive and offensive phase.